Guest author Markus Hutter expresses his exciting and stimulating thoughts on the subject of fixexing on rock in this article.
Last Thursday, the Nepalese mountaineer Sanu Sherpa reached his goal of climbing all eight-thousanders in the world twice with the Gasherbrum II in Pakistan. He is the first alpinist who has managed to do this so far.
Last summer, Shawn Raboutou secretly climbed the sit-start version of Dave Graham's Foundation's Edge, giving birth to the 8C+ Boulder Fuck the System. During his trip to Ticino this winter, the 24-year-old struck again and expanded another Graham classic with Story of 3 Worlds (8C+).
With Nordic Marathon (130m, 9b/+) Seb Bouin opens an endurance hammer of the very best quality. His new route combines the Nordic Plumber line (8c) with the second pitch of Thor's Hammer (9a+) and the direct headwall of Hanhelleren Cave. Interesting to know for potential repeaters: The strong Frenchman climbed the last 5 to 10 meters due to the enormous cable pull free solo.
Eternal Flame is one of the most difficult high-altitude big wall routes. Only a few dare to think of a free ascent. Babsi Zangerl and Jacopo Larcher made their dream come true and became the third rope team to free climb the line in just six days.
The Aequilibrium ST GTX by La Sportiva combines the lightness of an approach shoe with the qualities of a mountaineering boot. This makes it the perfect companion on technical excursions, glacier crossings or via ferratas. We have crossed the Altenalp towers with the ultra-light mountain boots and are thrilled.
Janja Garnbret from Slovenia and Jesse Grupper from the USA climbed to victory at the IFSC Lead World Cup in the French Alpine town of Briançon. Alex Megos won bronze ahead of teammate Yannick Flohé. Best German was Hannah Meul in tenth place.
The renowned backpack manufacturer Bach Equipment is breaking new ground. With the Molecule 50 and the Quark 30, she has developed two lightweight backpacks for trekking and climbing. The heavily weight-optimized models are a successful mixture of the usual Bach wearing comfort, lightness and functionality.
Edu Marin free climbs Eternal Flame at Nameless Tower. It is only the second free ascent of the legendary Big Wall Tour.
After La Ramirole in the Verdon Gorge, Katherine Choong manages another difficult multi-pitch route: Hattori Hanzo. The line with difficulties up to 8b+ runs through the north face of the Titlis in seven pitches.
On Friday 22nd July and Saturday 23rd July 2022 the IFSC Lead World Cup will take place in Briançon, France. Here you can find the program and the live streams of the competitions.
MIPS stands for Multi Directional Impact Protection System and is a helmet safety system that reduces rotational forces acting on the head in the event of an oblique impact. Mammut relies on this protective system, which is important for the brain, for the Wall Rider and the Nordwand helmet.
On March 21, the professional alpinist David Göttler reached the summit of Mount Everest solo and without additional oxygen. This is a time when most people are on the mountain with a lot of support and an oxygen mask. What is a visit like this worth?
In Flatanger, Norway, Seb Bouin is currently pulling one difficult route after another. First he secured the first repetition of Adam Ondra's Iron Curtain (9b), later he scored the second pitch of Thor's Hammer (9a+) in just nine attempts. Now he wants to climb through the entire Flatanger Cave at its most overhanging point. A new 9c?
The Czech Adam Ondra is currently probably the strongest climber in the world. He opened the world's first 9c with Silence, flashed with Super Crackinette 9a+, onsight climbed with Solitary Souls 8c+, pulled various boulders up to 8C+ and repeated the most difficult multi-pitch route in the world with the Dawn Wall. Today the mammoth athlete reveals what he packs in his backpack for a day of climbing.